Kazuo Yairi built Alvarez from 1973. This guitar sounds magical. Solid spruce top. Rosewood back and sides. Low action. Please inquire about availability.
Is everything in SF "artisinal"? Apparently so...
Upgraded with Fender pickups. Made in Mexico. Available upon request.
This bass was beat to shit when I bought it in the mid 90’s. It was the Trans Am bass for many years. Slays most P-basses. Very worn in. A little fight in the action. Great sustain and very deep low end tone.
90's Mexican Strat. I stripped the polyurethane finish and undercoat seal down to the bare wood and refinished with nitro-cellulose. Other upgrades include Callaham bridge, Lindy Fralin and Seymour Duncan pickups, and a Roland GR-3 pickup which interfaces with the Roland GR-20 Guitar Synth brain.
12-string Stratocaster made in Japan in the 80's. Very brilliant tone. Wide neck and low action makes this easier to play than most other 12-strings.
Made in Japan. Lindy Fralin pickups. Records and plays very well.
Made in Bavaria in the 70's. Solid spruce top. Sweet sound and very playable. Available upon request.
$80 Craigslist special. I bought this guitar for the neck and liked it so much, I just kept it as-is. Kay body and no-name maple strat-style neck with laminated maple fingerboard. Jumbo frets and mystery pickups. I suspect this guitar came from Subway guitars in Berkeley.
From 1967. Works for both kinds of music - Country and Western. Gibson reissued this model more recently as the Sheryl Crow signature model. Available upon request.
Built in 1974. This was a reissue of the 1954 Les Paul. There is a bit of a cult surrounding these guitars. Equipped with high output Dimarzio P-90 pickups which are stock. After market Bigsby installed. Available upon request.
1972 customized. Available upon request.
9-string from the Fucking Champs. Made at Subway Guitars by the luthier Ron Sargent. Short scale neck. Very light weight. Gibson humbucker in the neck position and lipstick tube pickup in the bridge.
Plywood bass equipped with a transducer.
1974 Rickenbacker 4001 bass. Bullshit Rickenbacker bridge replaced with Allparts bridge. Better for palm muting. (((Rick-O-Sound)))
Japanese made from the 70's. Bound neck makes it fancy. Catchy model name, right? I mean, c'mon guys. You could do better than that!!!
Univox copy of a Mosrite. Kurt Cobain made these popular and now they fetch real money. I got this one for free from a friend in college who wanted to smash it on stage. Thank goodness I saved it. This guitar rules!
Non-original body is made of oak. Great sound. As used in the Fucking Champs.
Short scale bass with toothpick thin neck. Equipped with flatwound strings. This bass is very playable and sounds great unplugged as well as as plugged in. Does the 'tic-tac' bass sound perfectly.
Very recognizable fake hand clap sound. Think early rap.
Beautiful sounding analog synth featuring bass, brass, piano, clavinet, cello and violin sounds. The string sounds are really where this keyboard shines. Very recognizable. Sounds comparable to the Arp/Solina String Ensemble. The brass sound has a great sounding filter and the bass sound is HUGE!
32 step sequencer/synth built into a junction box.
Beautiful tonewheel organ with 1/4" output and foot pedals. Home console version of the B-3 but without the beat-box.
Rush 'Moving Pictures' and Van Halen '1984'. This is the 4 voice version. Gnarly sound.
Ubiquitous 80's analog drum machine with independent outputs per channel. Also, this particular example features ice blue lucite knobs??? Works well in conjunction with the Simmons SDS-8 for more customizable sounds. CV output works well with Roland Juno 60. Very simple user interface.
Cheesy organ and string sounds. Best feature is the external audio input. Mono input - stereo output for using built in stereo chorus.
Ubiquitous 80's synth. Recently serviced by Jason at Waveformless and sounding better than ever.
Sequencer designed for use with Roland Juno 60.
Beautiful sounding and playing Rhodes 88-key electric piano with matching stereo speaker cabinet. Dynakit ST-70 stereo tube power amp drives stereo cabinet. Stereo vibrato is to die for.
She might not be pretty, but she sounds great! Boom-chock-boom-chock-boom-chock...
Analog drum brain. Listen to the kick drum on 'Jump' by Van Halen and you'll hear the Simmons kick loud and clear, especially in the pre-chorus and chorus. Sounds akin to an 80's Buick station wagon door closing.
Analog synth drum. Great for the disco "shooting star" sound. That's a thing, right?
This is about as analog as it gets. Killer mono synth.
Please let us know if you plan to use the piano on your session so we can arrange to have it tuned before you arrive.
Classic electric piano with vibrato.
3 ply. 24” kick, 16” floor, 13” rack. Beautiful sound.
1962 vintage Slingerland kit in Champaign sparkle finish. Standard sizes: 22" kick, 13" rack tom, 16" floor, matching 5" deep wood snare not pictured. Records very well.
Probably from the early 70's, I recovered these from my high school. Japanese copy of 60's style Ludwig drums. 12" rack tom, 16" floor tom and 20" kick drum.
5" deep. Most recorded snare drum in history. Blue and olive badge.
Built by El Studio’s very own, Phil Becker.
Ubiquitous 80's Ludwig 22" kick. Thicker shell than most vintage drums gives this kick more attack. Works well with a single head for a quicker decay.
Converted for use in a drum kit. BOOM!
Single head, no shell, tunable by rotating the rim. Very cutting if not hilarious sound.
John Bonham used this model on Led Zeppelin I, FWIW.
If that's what you're into.